This is an excellent book for getting literature circles/book clubs started in your classroom. I had already been trying them for two years when I read this and it made everything easier! The book provides easily implementable resources including charts, focus lessons, book suggestions, and reading response prompts and structures. It really walks you step-by-step through how to make this type of learning structure successful in your classroom.
This article leads you through three components of teaching students to learn how to engage in high quality discussion: 1) identifying what makes a good discussion, 2) experiencing discussion, and 3) developing guidelines. The suggestions here make so much sense for getting students invested and coming up with guidelines that work!
Pernille Ripp is a teacher and blogger in Oregon who has written two books: “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students” and “Empowered Schools, Empowered Students – Creating Connected and Invested Learners”. In this post, he shares lessons learned and strategies for success in setting up and supporting book clubs in middle school.
This is a comprehensive guide to how NYC's district 75 sets up their book clubs. The guide includes materials needed, rubrics for assessing progress and mini-lessons for setting up and supporting book clubs.
This rubric was created by one of my sixth grade classes before they began working in book clubs. Contributing to the creation of this rubric helped motivate my students to work hard in their book club teams. Since they created the expectations, they were much more respectful of consequences and we had far fewer problems than we would have otherwise. Students were really able to engage with one another and have great discussions.